A column in which Matt Derman (Comics Matter) reads & reviews comics from 1987, because that’s the year he was born.
Zatanna Special #1 by Gerry Conway (not credited), Gray Morrow, Ben Oda, Carrie Spiegle, John Costanza
I was very excited to dig into this comic, because Zatanna is an awesome and often underused character, and the special is 64 pages, meaning I was in for a triple-sized treat of backwards magic greatness. Unfortunately, 64 pages ended up being far, far too few for the narrative told here, so instead of a dense punch of Zatanna awesome, I got a poorly-aimed slap. That’s not to discredit the book entirely, because there are some juicy ideas and lots of excellent artwork, but there’s also a jumbled rush to the pacing from top to bottom that greatly lessens the effects of any enjoyable bits.
Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Gray Morrow, and the story is “The Origin of the Man-Thing” from Savage Tales #1, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated May 1971. This scan is from the trade paperback The Infernal Man-Thing, which came out in 2012. Enjoy! Continue Reading »